Quilters' Bookshelf - Prairie Quilts

Quilters' Bookshelf - Prairie Quilts

Prairie Quilts by Johanna Wilson takes a delightful trip back in time to the 1870's when a little girl named Laura lived on the Minnesota prairie.  This little girl grew up to become the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote about life with her family on the prairie.  In her books, she mentions many quilt blocks.  Ms. Wilson brings those blocks to life in the charming projects that she presents in Prairie Quilts.

There are 27 projects in this book, ranging in size from pillows to bed quilts.  Most of the patterns are pieced, but there are some that are appliqued or embellished with applique.  There is also a delightful redwork embroidery pattern used to decorate a set of pillow shams.  

My favorite project is a sampler quilt called "Little House in the Big Woods".  I love the way that the author explains the significance of each block in this quilt.  I can easily imagine this quilt hanging in a school library or in the home of a "Little House On the Prairie" fan.

In addition to the wonderful quilt patterns, the book includes tips for selecting fabric, making a quarter-inch seam, pressing, and a throrough explanation of the techniques that are used in making the projects.  The author also provides tips for finishing your quilts, right down to the label.  

Prairie Quilts would be a wonderful addition to any quilter's library.  If you love old quilts and their unique connection to the past, you'll enjoy this book!

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